The use of hot sprays and gels is popular among athletes, who enjoy the gentle warmth and therapeutic powers of these products.
Hot sprays and gels work by producing gentle warmth in the body's soft tissues - this helps to stimulate circulation, relax stiffness, and get blood flowing back into tense, painful muscles.
Hot sprays and gels are also a good complement to cold treatment - once the cold treatment has helped the swelling and inflammation to subside, you can apply the heat treatment.
Gels have the benefit of hands on application, adding the therapeutic powers of massage to the heating benefits, while sprays are good for difficult to reach areas, or places where touch is too painful.
These treatments are effective for a range of conditions including:
- Rheumatic pain
- Muscle stiffness
Additional elements in these products can include relaxing menthols, or ibuprofen, which can help to reduce inflammation and pain.